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V FEATURES OF TRADE.
"Week's Trade in Country Produce
APPLES AKD F0TAT0ESG0 SLOW.
light Cereal Eeceipts Bring a Better Tone
TEE OUTLOOK FOE BETTER PE1CES
Office of tiie Pittsburg Dispatch,!
Saturday, January 26, 1SS9.
Tbe week now winding up started out with
an old fashioned snow storm, and trade's
people at once began to take heart. Dealers
in country produce, particularly, entertained
high hopes Jrom the prospect of tight
weather. The bright hopes have been blasted,
by the mercury's rise, and the week ends with
blush and mud on top and the business situa
tion much the same as it was last Saturday.
The wretched condition of country roads
prevents grain, hay and produce from coming
to the market, and it is well that it does, for
the complaint all winter has been of too
The abundance of all kinds of stnn, together
with the open winter, has made the season so
far anything but satisfactory to dealers, how
ever it may hare been to consumers. Com
mission merchants have been working off their
apple stock for whatever it would bring, pre
ferring to do this lather than repack. It is
probablv a low estimate that 25 per cent of all
the apples stored have been lost by rot. Good
keeping stock brings no better prices than it
did in the fall. Dealers prophesy a scarcity of
apples toward spring and high prices. But In
the best issue the speculator in apples will be a
loser on investment for this season. One large
dealer reports that he would gladly close out at
a small loss.
Potatoes are slow at prices which ruled in the
fall. Said a leadm; commission merchant to
day: "It would be a very hard thing to sell a
' carload of potatoes, without very libery con
cessions from market quotations. The market
is without strength. Ketail dealers seem to
have the idea that they will be able to buy
cheaper later on and therefore pursue the
hand to mouth policy."
Southern shippers have begun to offer eggs
at lSKc. hich ould bring tbeir cost to ll&c
delivered here. A Liberty street commission
merchant said to-day that he declined to ac
cept consignments from the South at these
figures, and added that be would be glad to
close out his nearby stock at 15c
Shippers of produce harass the commission
l men with inquiries as to what is the matter.
They grow tiled waiting for returns, and while
tbey are waiting, stuff does not improve. Coun
try roll butter that sold readily at 40 to 45 by
the wholesale within a very few ears. roes
slowly this season at one-half that figure. The
whole drift of country produce and dairy pro
ducts has been downwatd since harvest time.
Speculators' Plans Spoiled.
"Weather and bigness of crops have spoiled
many a nice plan of the speculator. A leading
Diamond market dealer in f ruitand vegetables
reports that the weather has been all right for
his business if stuff had not been so bountiful.
There are signs that cereal markets have
touched bottom and that the tide has turned
to ard a better day. Receipts in this line have
very greatly declined the past week, and the
tone of trade shossligbtimprovenient. Wheat
has advanced at grain centers, and holders of
Sour grow firmer. 'While the hrst month nf
the year has not made the best record for job
bers, there are healthy signs in most lines that
bottom has been reached, and that future
changes will be on the ascending scale. If
February will but do its duty and furnish us
a few old-fashioned vigorous blizzards trade
will come out all right in spite of lost time.
EVENTS ON 'CHANGE.
Tbe Local Business of the Week Dished Up
on the Half fehell A f-ymposlnm of Sur
prises Locnl Sccdrities Badly Unfiled,
bar Recover all tbe Lost Groand A
Trace Between Balls and Bears.
The local business situation the past week
was characterized by several events of more
than ordinary importance and interest. One
of these was the sale of Lafayette Hall
the cradle of the Republican party and the
scene of many stirring incidents during the
war and since. The knowledge that it was
to be razed to give place to a modern business
structure caused general regret.
Another feature of the week was a boom in
petroleum, caused, partly at least,by ihe agree
ment between the Standard and the Producers'
Association in regard to the disposition of the
4,000,000 or 5,000,000 barrels, the carrying of
which was assumed by the Standard company
at the beginning of the Shutdown movement.
A guarantee of 90 cents for this oil July 1 had
a bullish effect upon the market, principally
for the reason that it relieved operators from
an element of uncertainty that had been bang
ing over them for almost a year. The as
surance that this block will not be thrown
npon the market under 90 is a strong bull
On Thursday the stock market was treated to
a genuine surprise which amounted to almost
a panic The United States Supreme Court
rendered a decision -which was interpreted on
'Change as inimical to tbe electric companies.
This scared the holders ot small quantities of
the stock and tbey at once commenced to un
load. Over 500 shares changed hands under
the6e circumstances. All the offerings were
taken Dy a few who knew the real meaning of
the decision. There was na trace of the scare
next day, when the victims of the delusion
were anxious to buy back what they had thrown
overboard. Chartiers gas was depressed the
latter part of the week owing to the unfavor
able nature of the report made by the Presi
dent of tbe company at the annual meeting of
the stockholders. But the prospect of putting
the company on a better footing and strength
ening it financially, encouraged the holders of
the stock, and they refused to part with it at
less than previous quotations. The other
specialties were firm and without special fea
tures. There was nothinc in the money market to
demand more than brief notice. The supply
was equal to the requirements. Depositing
was in excess of checking, leavinga handsome
surplus in tbe vaults of the banks. Rates
ruled at 006 per cent for call loans
and 67 on time paper. There
was no unnsual flow of money to or from the
country. Tbe oil boom augmented the bor
rowing demand and absorbed considerable
While there were no changes in the price lists
of the various descriptions of iron and no ap
parent appreciation in the demand, the market
had a strong undertone that created confidence
on the part of holders and made them unwill
ing to press sales. They preferred to wait for
the expected improvement, which, from exist
ing indications, cannot be much longer de
layed. This feeling received strength from the
fact that consumers had about given up the no
tion that prices would suffer another eclipse
and were becoming more urgent In their in
quiries. THE WEEK AT THE BANKS.
What Clearing Bouse Figures Show A
Report by Mnnnger Chaplin.
Tbe condition of the local money market Sat
turday was entirely satisfactory, a fair amount
of counter business being transacted and con
siderable paper taken at the usual discount, 6
SJi. Call loans were nrm at o&o. The flurry in
oil quickened the demand for cash, which was
promptly met at the regular rates. Clearing
Hon- fijmres for the day and week, as com
pared with those of the previous week, show
the following changes:
Exchanges 12,293,418 52
Balances 382.054 CS
Exchanges for the week (12,268,354 26
Balances Tor the week 1.870,1)10 a)
Exchanges, daliyaverage - 2.144,725 71
Exchange last week 12,378,818 59
Balances 1.191,656 71
Exchanges, dally average 2,063,136 43
The following official statement, prepared by
Manager Chaplin, of the Clearing House, shows
tbe condition of tbe IB associated banks of Pitts
burg at the closo of business December 31, 1SS8S:
. 18J7. 1888.
Bonds to secure clrcu-
, latlon f 1.23J..10O 00 1.055,0(0 00
Loans and discounts.... 34,013,M5 S3 33,200,153 33
Kcal jcstate. furniture
and fixtures 1.503,74150 1.753,030 97
Cash Item sand balances
due from other banks. 12,387,031 17 13,423.767 71
(A 175. 1U 60 51,431,857 01
Bonds to secure elrcu.
Loans aad discounts.. .f 1.136,312 40
I 203,500 00
Ileal estate, furniture
and fixtures 211.2S9 47
Cash Items and balances
due from other banks.. 1.KS.T38M
Increase 2,56,833 41
Capital SUU&ICM 00 10.464. ISO 00
Surplus -5.095,596 7S 5,402,184 14
Undivided profits 853,433 50 Liaxaioa
18S7. ' 1888.
Capital, surplni and un-
divided profits fI6, 417,700 S3 18,996,635 40
Deposits and balances u
due to other banks 31,736,61835 53,506,531 61
Circulation 995,1)00 00 8,7S0 00
tes and bills redls-
counted 55,000 00
f, 175, US 60 fH, 431, 957 01
Capital, surplus and un-
divided profits t 578,935 IS
Deposits and balances
due to other banks--.. 1,. 60, 913 25
Circulation I 67,010 00
Hotei. and bills redls-
counted 25,000 00
Increase ? 2,256,633 41
Money on call at New York yesterday was
easy at 2 per cent. Prime mcrcantilenaper,
4C per cent. Sterling exchange dull Dut
steady at H S6 for 60-day bills and SSJ for
The weekly statement of the New York
banks shows the following changes:
Reserve, increase 11,931,250
Loans. Increase 3,496,40(1
Specie, increase 2,8SU5C0
Lejral tenders. Increase 975,500
Deposits. Increase 7,467,0(0
Circulation, decrease 00,300
The banks now hold $20,011,500 in excess of
the 25 per cent rule.
A SLIGHT REACTION.
The Oil Boom Arrested but Not Entirely
Broken Cannes and Consequences.
It was stated in The Dispatch Saturday
that oil would probably open at S3 or there
abouts, and then be sold off, as it was evident
that the boom was too violent and sudden to be
permanent. This view was correct. The
market opened yesterday at S8. with a decid
edly bullish feeling, but the boys did not know
wbat was in store for them. New York and
Oil City sold almost from tbe start. This
turned the tide, and local operators started in
to realize, but when it was ascertained that no
large lots were being dumped, prices steadied
and a firmer tone set in. While the events of
the day rather favored the bulls, the outcome
as by no means a Waterloo for the bears.
Toward the close the market became strong.
The lowest price at which sales were made was
87. At the close 86 was bid.
With a full knowledge of the agreement be
tween the Standard and the Producers, the re
action would seem to be almost inexplicable,
but the fact is that the Producers' stuff is far
less dangerous than it is generally thought to
be. Were it a dominating factor in the mar
ket, the assurance that it will be held up to 90
wonld impart strength to the market. Tbe
trouble lies in tbe absence of outside support.
Oil has beeu unsatisfactory so long, afford
ing really no opportunity at all for profit
making that tbe "lambs" have withdrawn from
the field, leaving the professionals to fight it
out among themselves. Whenever this out
side support can be induced to take bold the
market will recover its lost ground and prices
be placed npon a paving basis. The opening
was 88, highest S3, lowest 87. closed at 86 bid.
Tne following tabic, correctea oy Ue Witt Uil
worth. broker In petroleum, etc, corner Fifth
avenue and Wood street, Pittsburg, shows the
order of fluctuations, etc:
Time. lild. Ask. Time. Bid. 1 Ask.
Opened . US balesill:I5 r. M ... 87X( S7ii
10:15 A. M-... 87, S7s 11:30 P. M.... S! 87k
10:30 A.M.... 87 87!jlll:45 P. M.. STM 87J
10:45 A. M.... S7X t7! 120 87
11:00 A.M.... K S7H Closed
Opened. 88c: highest, 63e; lowest, S7c;
Dtllv runs 49,766
Average runs 42,714
Dally snlDmenta 68.483
Average shipments 70,304
Dallv ciiarten - 132,737
Average charters .. 41.644
Clearances , 3,318,000
New York closed at S7c
OH City closea at E7r.
Bradiora closea at 87c.
ew Vorx. refined. 7.10b.
London, refined. 6 7-164.
Antwerp, rellued. lsHC
Other Oil Market.
OiLCrrr. January 26. Opened, SSc: closed.
S7c; highest, Soc; lowest, S6J6c
Bradford, January 26. Opened, 8Sc; high
est, 88c: lowest, S6Jc: closed. S7c.
TxtuTOM.e. January 26. Opened, 88c;
highest, 8Sc: lowest, 86c: closed, fc6c
New York, January 26. Petroleum opened
firm at SSc, but after the first sales the market
weakened and declined to &Gc, closing steady
atS7c Sales, 1,022,000 barrels.
REAL ESTATE DICKERS.
Over TrrelTo Hundred Dollars a Foot for
Grouud Oat Pcnn Avenue.
Yesterday was a comparatively quiet day in
real estate circles. Prospective buyers were
few in number, and renters remained at home
for the most part to obtain necessary rest after
a week of hard work. This change was wel
comed by the agents. Several big deals will be
brought to a head this week.
Black 4 Baird, No. 95 Fourth avenue, sold
the property No. 932 Penn avenue, lot 24x110
feet.with a two-story brick dwelling, for 30,000,
or $L250 per foot front. .This property lies be
tween two similar properties sold by the same
firm to the same partv some weeks since, thus
giving the purchaser a block of 73 feet front.
Ewlng fc Byers sold for Reuben Miller, Esq..
to Mr. M. A. Ross lot 72x300 feet, running
through from Ridge to Vance avenues. Cora
opolis borough, Pittsburg and LaKe Erie Rail
road, for 000. They also placed a mortgage of
3,400 on Beaver avenue property. Sixth ward,
Allegheny, for three years at 6 per cent.
C. H. Love, NotS3 Fourth avenue, sold for B.
McWadu an irregular shaped piece of ground,
with small frame house, in the Tenth ward,
Alleghenv, to C. L. Reno for 3.000 cash.
D. P. Thomas fc Co., No. 408 Grant street,
sold for the People's Savings Bark to J. W.
Breen, Esq.. a piece of land on AVylie avenue
for 2,000, and for Catherine Webrung to Mrs.
Annie Graham a lot on Second avenue. Hazel
wood, for a price approximating 1,200.
Samuel V. Black & Co.. 99 Fourth avennp
sold at auction six lots in the West End
Place plan of lots. Thirty-fifth ward, two on
Albany avenue, and four on Rhode Island ave
nue, for 420 each.
John F. Baxter sold seven lots. Villa Place
plan, Brushton station, Nos. 15 to 21 inclusive,
with a frontage of 560 feet on Villa street by
870 feet in depth, to Charles Rose for 1,200.
Samuel W. Black fc Co., 99 Fourth avenue,
yesterday closed the sale of five acres of land
in the Thirteenth ward. city, for 7,500. As tbe
purchaser intends placing the same on tbe
market acain as soon as be can subdivide it
into building lots, the location and furtner par
ticulars are withheld. This is further evidence
of the increasing demand for real estate in the
Thirteenth ward, which is growing out or the
advantages to be derived from the new pro
posed cable line which is to run out Wylie
LITE STOCK MARKETS.
Condition of the Mnrketnttbe East Liberty
Office of Pittsburg dispatch. i
Saturday. January 26, 18S9.
CATTLE Receipts, 1.100 head: shipments,
1,020 head: market nothinc doing, all through
consignments. Thirty-five cars of cattle shipped
to New York to-dav.
Hogs Receipts, 2,300 head: shipments. 2,300
head; market slow; Philadelphia, 4 905 00:
mixed, 4 805 00; pigs and Yorkers. o Oi-iio 20;
10 cars of hogs shipped to New York to-day.
SHEEP Receipts, 1,400 head: shipments, 1,400
head; market firm at yesterday's prices.
ST. Lours Cattle Receipts. 300 head: ship
ments, 200 head; market steady; choice heavy
native steers, 3 704 20; fair to good do, 3 40
63 80; butchers' steers, medium to choice
2 70g3 20; stockers and feeders, fair to
good, 1 502 80: rangers, corn-fed. 3 003 50;
grass-fed, 2 002 5a Hogs Receipts, 1,200
head: shipments, 800 bead; market steady:
choice heavy and butchers' selections. S4 70
4 SO: packinc medium to prime. 4 OMU R.i-
licht grade, ordinary to best, S4 b5l 80.
Sheep Receipts, none; shipments, 500 head;
market strong; fair to choice, 3 004 SO.
Chicago Cattle Receipts. 1,200 head: ship
ments, none; market steadier; choice beeves.
4 i0(U 75: steers. 2 904 35: stockers and
feeders, 2 2503 40: bulls and mixed, 1 45
3 00: Texas cattle, 2 003 50. Hoes Receipts.
11,0110 head; shipments. 4.500 head; market
stronger; mixed. S4 601 80; heavy. 4 65
4 Siy?, pigs. 3 305 00. Sheep Receipts,
1.500 head; shipments, none: marEet steadv;
natives. 3 355 00: Western, corn fed, 4 40
4 75; Texans, 3 004 40; lambs, 5 OOffia 50.
Cincinnati Hoes steady; common and light;
44 95; packing and butchers' 4 654 85;
receipts, 1,960 head: shipments, 2,100 head.
Movements of Specie.
New York, January 26. The exports of
specie from the port of Now York last week
amounted to 1.501.729, of which 003,328 was
in gold, and 838.401 in silver. AH the silver
and 496,130 in gold went to Europe and 167,
19S in gold to South America. The imports of
specie for tbe week amounted to 27,076, of
which 10,816 was In gold and 16,860 In silver.
Week's Trade in Produce Lines Not
DEMAND F0$ POULTRY IMPROVED.
A Decline in Grain and Bay Eeceipts
Help the Tone of Trade.
WHEAT AND FLOUR GROW STRONGER
OFFICE OF PITTSBURG DISPATCH, 1
Saturday, January 26, 18S0. J
Country Produce, Jobbing Prices.
The week's trade in country produce lines
winds up as it began, with markets very quiet.
Tbe commission merchant who talks cheer
fully of the situation has been hard to find.
Tbe demand for good poultry has improved
and prices havo advanced. With this ex
ception everything from the country goes slow.
Dairy products give no sign of improvement.
At the beginning of the week the promise of
old-fashioned winter weather checked the
downward drift and a better feeling was de
veloped among dealers. But as the weather re
turned to its uniform habits for this season,
the good feeling has departed and the situa
tion Is much as it was a week ago. Itwill re
quire an extraordinary amount of wild winter
weather through February and March for
produce commission merchants to make up for
time and trade lost by reason of mild weather.
Beans Navy from store, prime band picked,
$2 002 10 per bushel; medium, $2 00: Ohio and
Pennsylvania do, prime and medium, $2 U0
2 10; imported do, SI 902 00: Lima, SJic per lb;
marrowfat, $2 752 SO per bushel.
Butter Creamery. Elgin, 2S30c: Ohio do,
232Co: fresh dairy packed, 2023c: country
rolls, 1822c; Chartiers Creamery Co. butter, 26
Beeswax 23Q25c per ft for choice; low
Cider Sand refined, 6 50Q7 50, common,
$3 504J1 00; crab cider, 8 00S 60 $4 barrel;
cider vinegar. 1012c gallon.
Cheese Ohio cheese, fall make, 1212c;
New York, fall make, 1213c; Limlmrtter,
UJJ12Kc: domestic Sweitzer cheese, 1313$c.
Dried Peas $1 454S1 SO f) bushel; split do,
53Kc W ft.
.GU3 i04gi'C ft aozen ior stnciiy iresn.
Fruits Apples, $1 00 to $1 60 fl barrel; evap
orated raspberries. 25c ft ft; cranberries, S3 00
fl barrel: fc 4002 50 p bushel.
Feathers Extra live ceese, C060c; No. 1
do. 4045c: mixed lots. 3035c $3 ft.
Hominy S3 303 40 ft barrel.
Honey New Crop, 16lTc; buckwheat, 13
Potatoes Potatoes, S540c f) bushel; S2 50
2 75 for Southern sweets; $3 253 5Q for Jer
Poultry Live chickens, 5570c f) pair;
dressed chickens. 1315c pound: ttskeys, 13
15c dressed f) pound; ducks, live, 80gS5c f!
fair; dressed, 1314c $ pound; geese, lOgf
lc fl pound.
Seeds Clover, choice, 62 lis to bushel, 6 per
bushel; clover, large English. 62 fts, $6 25;
clover, Alsike,$8 50; clover, white, J9 00; timo
thy, choice, 45 fts, 81 85: blue grass, extra clean,
14 fts, SI 00; blue grass, fancy, 14 fts, SI 20;
orchatd grass, 14 fts, S2 00; red top, 14 fts, SI 00;
millet, 50 fts, SI 25; German millet, 50 fts, S2 00:
Hungarian grass, 48 fts, S2 00; lawn grass, mix
ture of line grasses, 25c per ft.
Sheli.barks SI 50 1 75.
Tallow Country, 4K5c; city rendered,
Tropical Fruits Lemons, S3 504 50 fl
box; il.-sslna oranges. 2 503 50 box;
Florida oranges, S2 753 00 fl box: Jamaica
oranges ncv, 4 505 00 R barrel; Malaga
grapes. ' S3 507 00 f keg: bananas, S2 50
firsts, 51 50SI2 00; cood seconds bunch; cocoa
nuts, $4 00 y hundred;newflgs, 1214c pound;
dates, SKQtiJSc fl pound.
Vegetables Celerv, 4050o doz. bunches;
cabbages, S3 005 00 fl 100; onions, 50c bushel:
Spanish onions, 7590c V crate; turnips, 30
40c ? bushel.
Green Coffee Fancy Rio. 20J21c;
choice Rio, 1920c; prime Rio, 19c; fair Rio,
1SISJc; old Government Java, 26Kc; Mara
caibo, 2IK22Kc: Mocba, 3031c; Santos, 1SK
22c: Caracas coffee, 19Q)21c; peaberry, Rio, 20
21Kc; Laguayra, 20K21Kc.
RoASTED(in papers) Standard brands,22c:
high grades, 242Sc; old Government Java,
bulk, 31'32c; Maracaibo, 2627c; Santos. 21
22c: peaberry, 25c; choice Rio. 24c; prime
Rio. 21 Jc; good Rio. 21c: ordinary, 20c
Spices (whole) Cloves, 212oc; allspice, Dc;
cassia, Sg9c; pepper, 19c: nutmeg, 7080c
1 roleuji (jobbers' prices) 110test, TJc;
Ohio, 120. 8c: headlight. 150, 9c; water white.
10!ic: clobe. I2c: elaine. 15c: carnadine. HKc:
Syrups Com syrups, 2325c: choice sugar
syrup. S53Gc; prime sugar syrup, S033c;
strictly prime, 3533oc
N. O. Molasses Fancy, old. 48c; choice, 45c;
mixed. 4042c; new crop, 4350c
Soda Bi-carb in Kegs, 3$$4c bi-carb in Ks,
5:; bi-carb, assorted packages, oJi6c; salsoda
in kegs, lc; do granulated, 2c
Candles Star, full weight, 9c; steatine,
per set, 8Kc; paraffine, HK12c
Rice Head, Carolina, 1lc; choice, 6Ji
7c; prime. 5346ic; Louisiana, bQ6kc
Starch Pearl, 2Kc;cornstarch,o,7c:gloss
Foreign Fruits Layer raisjns, 2 65: Lon
don layers, 3 10; California London layers,
2 50; Muscatels, 2 25; California Muscatels,
2 35: Valencia, new, R-47c; Ondara Valencia.
7J7Kc; sultana, TJic; currants, new, 4
oc; lurkey prunes, new, 4M4Jc; French
prunes, S13c; Salonica prunes, m 2-fi pack
ages, 8Jc; cocoanuts, per 100, 6 00; almonds,
Lan., per ft, 20c; do Ivica, 19c: do shelled, 40c;
walnuts, nap., 12K15c: Sicily Alberts. 12c:
Smyrna l.s. 12G16e; new dates, 5J6c: Brazil
nuts, 10c; pecans, ll15c: citron, per ft, 21022c;
lemon peel per ft, 1314c; orange peel, 12c
Dried Fruits Apples, sliced, per ft, tc: ap
ples, evaporated, 6JJ7Kc; apricots, California,
evaporated. 1518c: peaches.evaporated, pared,
2223c: peaches, Calitornia, evaporated, un
pared, 1213Kc; cherries, pitted, 2122c;
cherries, unnitted. SJtOc: raspberries, ev.in.
orated, 2124Hc; blackberries, 7Sc; huckle
SUGARSH-Cubes, 7c; powdered, 7c; granu
lated, TJc: confectioners' A. 7c; standard A,
7c: soft v, hites,6Ji6iV t Tellnw.choicc. CJ6Kc:
yellow, good, ta466.'i.: yellow, fair, Gc; yel
low, dark. 5Jc
PiCKLES--Aledinm , bnls (L200), 4 75; me
dmms, half bbls (600), 2 85.
Salt No. 1 bhl. 95c: No. 1 ex. 33 bhl. ? 1 OS:
dairy. M bbl. 1 20: coarse crvstal, fl bbl. 1 20;
Higgles Eureka. 4 bu sack. 2 SO; Higgm's
Eureka. 16-14 ft pockets. 3 00.
oamned Goods standard Peaches. 1 50
1 60; 2ds, 1 301 35; extra peaches, 1 351 90;
pie peaches. 90c; finest corn, 1 301 50: Hfd.
Co. con.. .'.g90c: red cherries, 90iJl 00; lima
beans. 1 10: soaked do. 85c: string do do. 7585c:
marrowfat peas, 1 Wl 15; soaked peas. 11)1$
75c; pineapples. SI 401 50; Bahama do, 2 75;
damson plums, 95c; green gaecs, SI 25: egc
plums, S2 00; California pears, 2 50; do green
gages 2 00; do egg plums. 2 00; extra white
cherries, 2 90: red cherries, 2 ft. 90c: raspber
ries, 1 151 40; strawberries, 1 10; gooseber
ries. SI 201 30: tomatoes, 92g95c; salmon, 1
ft, 1 752 10; blackberries, 80c: succotash, 2-ft
cans, soaked, 90c; do creen. 2fts, 1 25I31 60;
corn beef. 2-B cans 1 75; 14-ft can, 13 50:
baked beans, 1 40I 45; lobster, 1 ft, 1 75
1 80: mackerel. 1-ft cans, broiled, 1 50; sardines,
domestic, , 4 254 50; sardines, domestic
Ks. S 258 50; sardines, imported, is, 11 50S
12 50; sardines, imported, Jjs, S18 00: sardines,
mustard. $4 00; sardines, spiced, 1 25.
Fish Extra No. 1 bloater mackerel, 36
bbl; extra No. 1 do, messed. 40; extra No. I
mackerel, shore, 32: extra No. 1 do, messed,
30: No. 2 shore mackerel, S2t Codfish Whole
Pollock, 4Kc f ft; do medium Gcoree'scod, Cc;
do large, 7c: boneless hake, in strips. 6c; do
Georce's c . in blocks, 6j7c Herrine
Round shore. So 50 bbl; split. 7; lake. 3 25
? 100-ft half bbl. White fish. 7 fl 100-ft half
bbl. Lake trout, 5 50 fl half bbl. Finnan
hadaer. 10c -J? ft. Iceland halibut, 13c ) ft.
buckwheat Flour 22Jic per pound.
Oatmeal 56 30g 60 f bbl.
Miners' Oil No 1 winter strained, 5962o
gallon. Lard oil, 75c
Grain, Floor and Feed.
Total receipts as bulletined at the Grain Ex
change were 44 cars. By Pittsburg, Ft, Wayne
and Chicago, 3 cars of hay, 1 of rye, 1 of feed,
3 of oats, 1 of wheat, 2 of middlings, 3 of flour,
1 of corn, 3 of barley. By Pittsburg, Cin
cinnati and St. Louis, II cars of bay, 6 of corn,
2 of bran. 1 of middlings. By Baltimore and
Ohio, 5 cars of hay, I of oats. Sales on call,
2 cars 2 v. s. corn, new, SSc track: 1 car packing
hay. 5, P. fc L. E.: 1 car 2 y. e. corn, 38c, 10
days, B. k O. Total receipts for the week were
174 cars, against 252 cars last .week. With a de
cline of 78 cars from returns a week ago, more
active markets are almost assured at an early
day. In fact, the tone has already improved,
but prices have not advanced. Wheat has
taken tbe turn for an upward movement. The
bears have been having their innings for some
weeks past, and now the bulls are to have
theirs tor a season. For No. 2 red wheat 1 05
was offered and refused at the Exchange to
day. wheat Jobbing prices No, 2 red, 1 04
1 05; No. 3 red, 9095c
Corn No.2vellow.ear,3940cihlch mixed,
ear. 3SK?39c;No.l yellow, shelled. 3S39c; high
When baby was sick, wo gave her Castorla
When she was a Child, she cried for Castorla,
When she became MiS3, she clun to Castoria,
When she had Children, she gave them Castorla.
'PITTSBURG DISPATCH, -
mixed, shelled, 3637c: mixed, shelled. 3536c.
OATS No. 2 white, 3333Kc: extra No. 3,
3233Jic; No. 3 white, 31631 JJc; No. 2 mixed,
Rye No. 1 rye, 6556c: No. 2, 6052c; No. 1
Barley No. I Canada, 9095c: No. 2
Canada, 8385c; No. 3 Canada, 7880c; No. 2
Western, 7o78c; No. 3 Western, 6570c; Lake
Flour Jobbing prices, winter patents, $6 50
0 75; spring patents, 86 75?7 00: fancy straight,
winter and spring. S5 756 00; clear winter,
S5 5085 75; stright XXXX bakers', $5 255 50.
Kye flour, S3 75.
Cornmeal In paper, 6070c
JIillfeed Middlings, fine white, $20 50
21 00 fl ton; brown middlings, S17 5018 00:
winter wheat bran, $15 50lo 00; chop feed
S15 0018 00.
HAY-Baled timothy, choice. 115 5016 00;
No. 1 do. 15 O0S15 25; No. 2 do, S12 0013 00:
loose from waeon, 23 0028 00: No. 1 upland
prairie, 10 0010 50; No. 2, $9 009 50; packing
do. $5 OOlSo 50.
Straw Oats. 3 008 25; wheat and rye
straw, $7 007 25.
Largo hams. 18 fts and upward, lOKc; medium
hams, 14 to 18 fts. lie; small hams, 14 fts and
under, 11KC picnic or California bams, Sc;
boneless (in skins), lljic: sugar-cured shoul
ders, 8Kc: bacon. Sc: dry salt. Be; breakfast
bacon, 10c; rouletts (boneless s. c shoulders),
lOJic; regular' smoked sides, 0c; bellies,
smoked sides, 9c; regular dry salt sides, 8Jc;
bellies, dry salt sides, SJc; dried beef, sets 3
pieces, 10c; dried beef, fiats, 8c; dried beef,
rounds, lie: dried beef, knuckles, lie; pork,
mess, 10 50; pork, family, 17 00; pig pork, half
barrels, 9 00; long sausage, 5Jc Lard
Tierces. 325 fts, "Mc ?1 ft: half barrel", 120 fts.
Tile m ft: tubs, wooden. 60 fts. 7c 33 ft: buck
ets, wooden. 20 fts, &c $ ft: 8-ft tin pails, 60 fts.
cs, woocien. zu ns, 64C ff a; a-n tin pans, on ms,
: ft: 5-ft tin pails. 60 fts, oKc? ft;10-fttln
ails, 60 fts. 8c Wft;20-ft tin pails, 80 fts, 8c;
1-ft tin pails, 100 fts, 7c ? ft.
Armour it Co. furnish the following prices on
dressed meats: Beef carcasses, 450 to 550 fts. 5
5Kc: 600 to 650 fts, 66Kc: 700 to 750 fts, 77Kc
Sheep, 7c 1 ft. Lambs, 8c V ft.
Wheat Buoyed Up by n Bis Baying move
ment Other Cereals Steady Pork
Active and Higher Lard
nnd Ribs Firm.
Chicago, January 20. A large speculative,
business was transacted in wheat to-day, and,
tho feeling developed was stronger and prices
higher. Active buying to cover shorts and
good buying of long wheat were also reported.
Tbe undertone of the market was much strong
er and operators manifested more confidence,
bnt at the same time there was a feeling of un
certainty, and tbey looked upon the advance
with distrust. The opening was slightly easier
and prices declined c, but later advanced,
with some fluctuations, lc This advance
brought out fair speculative offerings, and
possibly an attempt to break the market, under
which prices declined lc, again rallied to
outside figures and closed c higher than yes
terday. Foreign ;markets were quoted quiet
and steadv. The report that 100,000 bushels
wheat had been taken at St. Louis for April
delivery to go to Galveston, and 35.000 bushels
by local millers had some effect in advancing
Corn was in much tne same condition as yes
terday. There was very little interest mani
fested, and the volume of business was quite
limited. The feeling displayed on the whole
was rather easier, though prices did not vary
much from yesterday.
Oats were quiet but steadier, with little dis
position to trade.
Tradine was quite active in mess pork. The
market opened somewhat irregular, within 5
10c of yesterday's closing, and a further ad
vance of 1520c was gained. Later the feeling
was easier, and prices receded 7K10c and
closed comparatively steady.
A fairly active trade was reported in lard, and
the faeling was steadier. Prices averaged
slightly higher, and the market closed rather
A moderately active trade was reported in
short ribs, and the feeling was stronger. Prices
ruled 25c higher, and tbe market closed
The leadlnc futures rancea as follows:
wheat o. 2, January. Bofc; February.
Corn No. 2, February, 35353435c;
March. 35kc: Mav, 3Bi3&ic
OATS Iio. 2 Januarv. 24Kc: February, 25
25c; Mav, 2727J27K2c
Mess Pork, per bbl. Januarv. 11 60; Febrn
ary, 811 BU 70U 60H 60; May, 11 90
12 07K11 8oll 97.
Labd. per 100 fts. Januarv, 6 80; March,
6 26 87K6 82K6 82; May, 6 950 97i
6 fc;&(?0 92&.
SnORT Ribs, per 100 fts. February, 6 02K
66 12K6 02J6 10: March. 6 156 20Q6 lo
0 17!; May, 6 276-30g6 22K60 30.
Cash quotations were as lotlows: Flour,
steadv and unchanged. No. 2 sprinz wheat.
9595Uc; No. 3 spring wheat. 87SSic. No. 2
red, 9595J4c No. 2 corn. 34c No. 2 oats,
25c No. 2 rye, 48c No. 2 barley nominal. No. 1
flaxseed, SI en. Prime timothy seed. 1 531 54.
Mess pork. perbarreL 11 6011 62K- Lard, per
100 lbs. 6 82K6S5. Short ribs sides (loose),
6 15ffl6 22K. Dry salted shoulders (boxed).
S6 006 12K. Short clear sides (boxed). S6 S7JJ
06 5a Receipts Flour, 7,000 barrels; wheat,
8,000 bushels: corn, 93.000 bushels: oats. 61,000
bushels: rye, 2,000 bushels: barley, 35,000 bush
els. Shipments Flonr. 11,000 barrels: wheat. 21.
000 bushels: corn. 86,000 bushels: oats. 51.000
ousneis; rye. o,uuu nusueis; parley, 35,000 bush
els. On the Produce Exchange to-day the butter
market was dull and unchanged. Eggs dull
and lower at lag 14c
New York Flour more active, chiefly for
export. Cornmeal steady. Wheat Snot nom
inally higher; futures none. Barley dull. Bar
ley malt quiet. Corn Spot loner and steadv;
options dull. Oats Spot stronger and quie"t;
options dull and steady. Hay quiet and steady.
Hops quiet and firm. Coffee Options opened
steady; unchanged to points up and closed
10 points above esterdav:dull: Rains 1:4 Kn hni-s.
including. February. 15.50c: March, 15.4o15.45c;
April, lo.40c; May. 15.40015 4.3c: June. 15.45c;
Julv, 15.50c; August, 15.5515.60c: September,
15.65c; October, 15.75c; December, 15.80c; spot
Rio quiet: fair cargoes, 17c Sugar
Raw quiet; refined steady and in fair
demand. Molasses Foreign barely steady;
50 test, 20c New Orleans quiet;
open kettle, prime to choice, 3C(gil5c
Rye rice quiet and firm: domestic 4JJ6kc;
Japan. 4?i5J,ic Cottonseed oil weak; crude,
42c; yellow. 49c Tallow weak; country, 5,'c
Rosin quiet. Turpentine dull at 45?45?2c
Eggs steady and quiet; Western, lo15Kc;
receipts, 5,093 packages. Wool steadv and
?ulet; domestic fleece, 3t'3Sc; pulled, 2639c:
'cxas, 1426c Pork dull; old mess. 13 00
S13 25. Cutmeats slowpickled bellies, 1012
pounds average, 7KSc: pickled shoulders,
6KG-c; pickled haras, 1010Vic:middles weak;
short clear, 0 70. Lard quiet: Western steam,
7 30: city. 0 80; January. 7 25. nominal;
Februarv, 7 24; closing, 7 24 asked; March.
7 25 asked; April, 7 20 asked; May. 7 25
7 28, closing at 7 28 asked; June, 7 29;
July, S7 29; August. 7 30: September, 7 31.
Butter fine; fair demand: firm. Western dairy,
15gl8c; do. creamery, 1627c; Elgins, 2S2SJJc
Cheese strong and quiet; Western, 10lljc
St. Louis Flour steady and firm. Wheat
opened with an urgent demand, and price ad
vanced rapidly, and later there was a decline,
but another rally set in and the market closed
with May lc and July c hlsher than yesterday.
Corn firm, but very quiet. Oats quiet, but not
so firm; No.2 cisb,25c bid; May, 2SJjJ2SJic Rye
nothing done; No. 2. 47c Barlev, nothing done.
Flaxseed steady at 1 55. Provisions firmer.
Cincinnati Floor quiet. Wheat dnll and
nominal; No. 2 red. 97c; receipts. 1.000 bushels;
shipments, 500 bus. els. Corn dull; No. 2 mixed.
85c Oats steadj:No. 2 mixed, 2828fc Rye
dull: No. 2, 54c Pork quiet at 12 25. Lard
in fair demand at 6 80. Bulkmeats quiet and
uuchansed. Bacon quiet and unchanged. But
ter quiet. Sugar easier. Cheese and eggs
Milwaukee Flour steady. Wheat steady:
cash, 89c; May, 93c Corn unchanged; No.
3, 31c Oats steady; No. 2 white, 28c Rye
lower; No. 1, 47JJc Barley lower; No. 2,
62Hc Provisions quiet. Pork. Sll 45. Lard,
SS SO. Cheese dull; Cheddars, WigjlOKc.
Baltimore Provisions dull and un
changed. Butter fine grades stiff and general
market quiet; western packed, 1621c; cream
ery, 2021c Eggs quiet and easier at 141815c
Toledo Cloverseed dull and steady; cash.
5 30; March. 5 35. -
New York. January 28. Indications are for
a steady increase in the volume of business,
though present operations are of a cautious
character. Interest for the moment centers in
prints, which await developments at the bands
of jobbers, but which at first hands continued
to exhibit an upward tendency as regards lines
not advanced. Peabody, Lombard. Slater, and
other solid prints were advanced 2H per cent or
placed "at value"
EY.OBK""F15 lron mietiAmerican,S1600
19 00. Copper dull and irregular, with In
creasing weakness; lake, January. 16 75.
Lead quiet and easy; domestic 3 77U. Tin
more active and prices steady; straits, 21 60.
Smallpox Epidemic In a Kansas Town.
Kansas City, January 27. A special
from Oberlin, Kan., says that there are 21
cases of smallpox there Bigorous meas
ures are being enforced lor the suppression
- MONDAY, JAJnTARf' ''
The Private's Claim Upset by War and
Treasury Offlclnls ExpIanntlonsThat
Wilt be Read With Inter
est by Yetcrnns.
Private Dalzell's "Christmas gift" to the
boys in bine seems to have caused conster
nation in the "War Department. The Dis
patch has on several occasions since the
publication of the Private's "Gift," en
deavored to ascertain whether the old sol
diers were entitled to the back pay he
claimed conld be had for the asking. An
interview with the Second Auditor, printed
soon after the publication of the Private's
letter, should have settled the matter, as
that official clearly stated that Sir. Dalzell
was leading the veterans astray, and that
there was no ground whatever for the claims
he made in behalf of his old comrades. The
appended official communications and circu
lar letters from officials of the War and
Treasury Departments should effectually
tettle the controversy:
War Department, 1
Quartermaster General's Office,
Washington, D. C.. January 26. )
To the Editor ofThe Dispatch:
Dear Sir. I inclose a circular letter from
the Treasury Department contradicting the
statements made in The Dispatch in a letter
slcned "Private Dalzell;" I also inclose a letter
from him showing that he informs his com
rades that they should order his book 'Tor
fuller information;" price 81. As he is a claim
agent it is evident that bis letter was intended
by him solely for wbat additional business it
micht bring him.
Very resnectf ullv vour obedient servant.
Major and Quartermaster, TJ. S. Army.
extra-duty pay, mileage, etc.
Treasury Department, )
Second auditor's Office,
Washington, D. C January 19, 18S9. i
Slit In a recently published letter of Mr. J.
M. Dalzell, a claim agent, of Caldwell, O., and
in his subsequent utterances through tbe press,
he asserts that he has discovered some new
laws in relation to tho allowance of mileage
(5 cents a mile) to soldiers while on furlough,
etc, and, also, ration pay to the same in simi
lar cases, or where soldiers were prisoners of
war. and. lastly, extra-duty pay between Oc
tober. 1862, and April, 1863. These statements
are so inaccurate, and have misled so many
soldiers and claimants that it will be to their
advantage to read tbe following explanations
and save themselves and this department un
necessary trouble and expense in conducting
First There is no law providing for the pay
ment of "mileage" at 5 cents a mile, or other
wise, to any soldiers while on furlouzb, or
while in the service; neither has such pay ever
been allowed or paid by tbe accounting officers
in any case 1 lie act appucanio to tue payment
of transportation, pay and subsistence of vol
unteer soldiers of the late war, when they were
discharced and sent home, was passed July 22,
1S61 (over 27 years ago), and it has been in
operation ever since its passage, and it is still
in force. But it must be apparent to everyone
that nearly all soldiers who were entitled to such
pay have already received it, or an equivalent
lor it. A very large majority of the soldiers were
actually furnished transportation by the Gov
ernment when they were sent home to be mus
tered out (in such cases the soldier has no
claim whatever for any further allowance on
this account), and so now it is only in ex
ceptional cases that a soldier may have a
reasonable claim for transportation pay to his
Elace of enlistment when discharged and sent
ome, and even then he must furnish affirma
tively satisfactory evidence that be applied to
the Government for his transportation but was
refused or could not obtain it or avail himself
of it, and he must fully set forth tbe facts
showing why he was obliged to pay his own
Ezlra-Duty Pay Forbidden.
Second In regard to extra-duty pay granted
to enlisted men who were detailed to perform
special and extra work as blacksmiths, carpen
ters, skilled mechanics, teamsters, etc, nearly
all those men so enlisted were either paid such
pay while in tho service or on final pavment
when discharged: furthermore, section 35, act
of March 3, 1863, forbids the payment of extra
duty pay to volunteers for services after said
date, so that practically it can now only be
allowed in exceptional cases.
Third The act granting rations to soldiers
who were prisoners of war was passed July 25,
1S06, and that granting the same pay to their
heirs (not more remote than brothers and
sisters) was passed March 2, 1867, and these acts
are still in force, but nearly all those entitled
to this pay have long since been paid it; and so
in regard to the allowance of ration or subsistence-pay
to soldiers while on furlough.
It will thus be seen that the statements made
by Mr. Dalzell in these matters are inaccurate
and misleading. Tbey will only excite false
hopes and expectations in claimants, and cause
them and-tho Government useless trouble and
expense William A. Day,
Quartermaster General's Office..
Washington, D C, January 26, 1889.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
Sir: I inclose for your information a circu
lar from the Second Auditor of tbe Treasury
Department, and one from this office, dated the
22d instant, on the subject of claims of soldiers
for mileage, commutation of rations and extra
duty pay, from which it will be seen that-tbe
recent statements published in your paper that
there was a large amount due to soldiers, are
incorrect and misleading.
Very respectfully jour obedient servant,
s Major and Quartermaster fJ. B. Armv.
Quartermaster General's Office,
Washington. D. C. January 22. 18S9.
In reply to your inquiry on the subject, you
are respectfully informed that to entitle
soldiers to extra pay during the late war they
were required to be regularly detailed on extra
duty by competent authority, and employed at
constant labor as mechanics, teamsters and
laborers for not less than ten days prior to
March 3, 1863.
Soldiers who were enlisted and mustered as
wagoners, and those detailed to drive the com
pany or regimental teams, or perform tbe duty
of orderlies, were not allowed extra compensa
tion. Extra duty pay was not allowed to anv of
those above specified after March 3, 1863, it
being prohibited by act ot Congress, and as a
rule those who were entitled to it before that
date have been paid. ,
If, however, there is anv further legal allow
ance due you for extra duty services rendered
prior to March 3, 1863, a claim prepared and
submitted in accordance with tbe inclosed in
structions will be duly considered.
Claims for travel pay, or mileage, from place
of discharge to the home of the soldier, are
adjusted by the Second Auditor of the Treas
ury, and those for commutation of rations
wiile a prisoner of war, or on furlough, by the
Commissary General of Subsistence United
States armv, and do not come under the juris
diction of this office.
Very respectfully your obedient servant,
S. B. Holabird,
Quartermaster General U. S. Army.
allowances to soldiers.
Treasury Department, 7
Third Auditor's Of ice,
Washington, D. C, January 22, 1889.
Articles have been widely published, pur
porting that tbeir author has made recent dis
covery of vast masses ot allowances remaining
due to soldiers of the late war, payment
whereof was not made, for the reason that it
was not known, until this discovery, that sol
diers were entitled by lawvto surb allowances;
and the amount due is stated as 14,000.000.
These Incorrect statements are inducing sol
diers or their heirs to incur expense in prepar
ing claims for allowances which either never
became due, or were paid in full at the time.
The several kinds of allowances to which sol
diers were by law entitled in particular cases
were as fully known and recognized durine the
war as was the regular "monthly pay," and
ments thereof, when due. were as regularly
made by the disbursing officers as were pay
payments of tbo latter. The instances in which
soldiers who became entitled to any such allow
ances did not receive payment at tbe time were
the rare exceptions, and caused bysome special
circumstances in the particular cases.
Soldiers on furlough were not entitled to
mileage. Leave of absence from duty does not
require a soldier to travel; if he does so it is of
his own choice, and ho is not entitled to mile
age. Soldiers were allowed 25 cents per day for
commutations of rations for periods while in
captivity as prisoners of war. Payment thereof
was regularly made by officers stationed at the
several camps and rendezvous to which soldiers
were sent when released from such captivity.
Payment of commutation of rations when
due to soldiers on furlough was inado regularly
by officers of the coinniisary department and
the "furloughs" were oitber taken up by such
officers, or were IndorsetLwith the fact of such
payment. A soldier who' cannot produce the
''furlough" was doubtless paid at the time.
Soldiers were not entitled to "extra duty
pay," except when regularly detailed upon
some kind of work recognized by law as "extra
duty." and In periods of not less than ten con
secutive days. Regular rolls'were kept of men
on such service, and pavment therefor was
made regularly by the officer under whom the
service was rendered. By act of March 3, 1SG3,
extra compensation for extra duty was abol
ished except to soldiers on duty as clerks and
messengers at a few ot the great headquarters
specially designated in tbe act and was not
again allowed by law nntil July, I860.
Except in a few special cases, soldiers did not
become entitled to any "commutations," the
support and wants of the army being provided
for by the quartermaster and commissary de
IN THE NEW ZEALAND -WILDS.
Some Interesting Information Aboat tbe
Flowers and the Birds.
We had reached a rapid stream which,
flowed between moss-covered banks. I
shall not easily forget the impression pro
duced by the sight of this stream in the
middle of the most exquisite vegetation.
Overhead beautWul ferns spread their
fronds, almost excluding the light; tinder
foot exquisite moss studded with rare ferns,
the native maidenhair, and the still more
delicate kidney fern. The last mentioned
have leaves the shape of violet leaves, but
as thin as the yonngest sprigs of maiden
hair, semi-transparent, so laige as the palm
of the band, and supported by black stems
so slender as to be at a short distance invisible.
The only place I have seen which could at
all compare with this spot is the Anna
Thai at Eisenach, in Thuringia. Bnt then,
that is partly artificial, while this had
never been tonched by human hands.
While we stood watching the stream an
exquisite sound broke upon our ears. It
was like the plpingof those reeds which the
dervishes in the East play upon while their
brethrenperform their s'trange devotions.
This piping was constantly beintr varied,
sometimes by even sifter, but sometimes by
more metallic sounds; at one moment the
song grew so lond that it seemed to be qnite
close, the next it appeared to melt away
into the distance. Suddenly it ceased. It
was a tni the most beautiful songster in
the world. We saw one on a branch, a few
minutes later. It was abont the size of a
blackbird, the plumage of a bine-black
with metallic hnes.and in places almost like
velvet. The beak was yellow, as were also
the legs. At the throat it had two little tufts
of white feathers, which gave the the bird
a rather quaint appearance. Fortunately,
in Kew Zealand some of the birds are pro
tected by the Government, but already
many. of them have died. We followed the
the stream 100 yards or so, every now and
then pntting up a pheasant.
A CALCUTTA SNAKEEY,
One of the Peculiar Amusements of the King
From an India Letter. J
The Jate King of Oude had bnilt a
snakery in tho gardens of his palace at
Garden Beach, near Calcutta. It was an
oblong pit about 30 feet long by 20 feet
broad, the walls being abont 12 feet high
and perfectly smooth, so that a snake could
not crawl up. In the center of the pit there
was a large block of rough masonary, per
forated so that it was as full of holes as a
sponge. In this honeycombed block the
snakes dwelt, and when the sun shone
brightly they came ont to bask or to feed.
His Majesty used to have live frogs put
in the pit and amuse himself by seeing the
hungry snakes catch the frogs. When a
large snake catches a small frog it is all
over in an instant, bnt if a small snake
catches a large frog, so that it cannot
swallow it at once, the frog's cries are pite
ous to hear. Again and again I have
heard them while out shooting, and have
gone to the bush or tnft of grass from which
the piteous cries' came sometimes in time,
sometimes too late to save the poor froggy,
though the snake generally got shot- As a
final story let me tell how a frog has been
seen to turn the tables on the snake.
Two gentlemen in Cochar some years ago
saw a snake, seize a small frog and attempt
to swallow it. But suddenly a large frog
jumped forward, seized the snake's tail and J
began to swallow the snake. How then
affair might have ended cannot be told, be
cause my friends imprudently drew near to
watch the combat, when the lrogsand snake
took alarm, and the big frog disgorged the
snake's tail, and the snake released the
little frog, and they all scuffled off. Bnt
the tale is perfectly true, and both the gen
tlemen who saw it are still alive; and I only
regret that it was not my good luck to see
the affair with my own eyes.
A TERRAPIN FARM.
The Novel Business Venture of Tiro Enter-
Colonel Tilghman and Mr. M. T. Golds
borough are largely engaged in the propa
gation of terrapin, and have about 3,000
confined in a pond, where they are fed and
prepared for market. The terrapin are
caught by the fishermen and sold to Messrs.
Tilghman and Goldsborough. In winter
they lie dormant, and do not eat at all, but
in summer time they seem to have ravenous
appetites. The principal food given tlfeni
is hard crabs, and it take3 about 500 or 600
crabs a day to feed them. The crabs are put
into a large hopper alive, and are hackled
to pieces in passing through the machinery.
They are then thrown into the pond for the
terrapins, which are so eager to get at their
food that they climb up over the backs of
each other. They have learned to know
what the noise of the hacking machine
means, and as soon as it commences to run
they begin to gather aronnd and show signs
of impatience nntil their food is given them.
The terrapin become very tame, and any
one can walk down to the edge of the pond
and pick tbem up at will. In winter they
imbed themselves in the mad and sleep
awav their time until spring. Daring such
mild weather as has prevailed in this lati
tude this winter they come up to the top of
the mud, so that their backs may be seen,
and appear to be in a half comatose state.
Colonel Tilghman soys you can pot ter
rapin in a close box and shut the lid, and
they will live there all winter without a
drop of water, notwithstanding their lives
are generally spent in the water. A terra
pin pat in a barrel and pearly covered
over with old bags or some like material
will keep fat all winter. When small ter
rapin are put in the pond they sink to the
bottom or hide themselves somewhere, and
no more is seen of them, until they are fall
fledged terrapins ready to get in a stew.
SHE PAINTED HER LIPS.
Humiliating Position In Which a So
ciety Bello Found Herself.
"Bab" in Philadelphia Times.
A very funny accident happened at a re
ception where a bright woman, who was
out for the first time after a lone illness,
was the victim. Just before she left home
someone said that she had better pot some
color on her lips, as they looked pjrlectly
blue. A serpent in the shape of n charm
ing girl volunteered her mixture, one of
carmine and glycerine (which, if any is to
be used, is most desirable), and she care
fully painted the invalid's mouth, putting
the most color in the center, to give it the
desired rosebud effect.
Tbe newly-painted was warned that she
could eat or drink anything cold, but of
anything hot she was to beware. Remem
bering this, she declined going into the sup
per room, and was the center of a group of
men and having the largest kind of a time,
when an imp of darkness, in the form of a
lootman, came along with a tray, on which
were cups of coffee and classes of punch.
Without a thought the "ladve laire" took a
cup of coffee; she sipped it slowly, nnd then,
horror of horrors! made bad worse by wiping
her mouth on a tiny napkin which had been
She soon saw surprise on the faces of some
of the men. One glance at the damask in
her haud told her what was the matter, nnd
with providential presence of mind she put
it to her lips again, leaned on the man
nearest to her, whispered in muffled tone
that she was ill and must go home. Out of
the drawing room, quicklv she cot on her
wraps, and when she was helped to her car
riage tbe man wlio had been her standby
could not resist telling her that he was sure
she must be ill because her lips had grown
However, the men were good fellows and
they never told on her, though she swore by
every one of the Buddhist gods and all of
tbe Chinese devils that she'd submit to
green lips again before she would get in
such a fix.
Salvation Oil. the great liniment, is
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Llkelr to Occupy the Attention of Both
Branches of ConffreM tbli Week
Other IncIdentalComlng Events
la tbe Senate and House.
Washington, January 27. This week
promises to be one of debate in the Senate.
Bapid progress was" made last week with
the appropriation bills, leaving only the
consular and diplomatic bill pending of the
four that were reported. This will come up
to-morrow, and the amendments proposed
by the Foreign Belations Committee, pro
viding means to defend and protect Ameri
can interests in Samoa, will form the
subject of a lively discussion. It may be,
however, that these amendments will be
considered in secret session. On Tuesday,
under an order of the Senate made some
davs ago, the British extradition treaty is
to he discussed in executive session. Some
progress was made last week with Mr. Sher
man's anti-trust ''bill, as amended by the
Finance Committee, and the author will
endeavor to press it to a vote this week.
Then Mr. Frye is expected to call up the
Pacific Bailroad funding bill and make a
speech on it. Messrs. Edmund, Hoar,
Sherman and Mitchell are also expected to
address the Senate on this measure. Mr.
(Chandler's resolution to investigate the
Louisiana election is also pending, and may
be called np at any time. This will probably
precipitate a political debate that will last
Armed with the sundry civil appropria
tion bill, which was not completed last
week. Mr. Kandall will probably deprive
the District of Colombia Committee of Mon
day, to which it is entitled under the rules.
If he does not several other members in
charge of important measures stand ready
to do it. Prominent among these is Mr.
Clardy, who has nndertaken to conduct the
conference report on the Nicaragua Canal
bill through the House, and is waiting the
first opportunity to present it without
encountering the opposition of one
of the committees in charge of
appropriation bills. The Oklahoma ad
herents have signified their intention to call
up tbeir bill Tuesday, and asMr. Payson
and other members antagonistic to the
measure are preparing themselves for a
vieorous onslaught, a livelv dav mar be ex
pected if the bill comes np. Later in the
week appropriation bills are likely to pay
a prominent part, and when the naval bill
is taken up, which Chairman Herbert says
will be at the first opportunity, an enter
taining discussion of Samoan matters will
Mr. Crisp is preparing to call up the
pending contested election cases during the
week, but while theyconstitnte questions of
the highest privilege, it is possible that Mr.
Blanchard may raise the question of consid
eration against them in favor of the ri7er
and harbor bill, which will probably meet
with a stronger support than heretofore, as
members begin to realize its precarious posi
tion. The Edmunds Panama resolution is
also among the probabilities, but its consid
eration can occupy but one day.
THE BALLOON FISH.
A Strange Creature That Explodes When
Exposed to the Air.
Chicago Mall, j
"You never saw a balloon fish?" queried
the Virginia gentleman of a clerk.
"No, I neTer did; never even heard of one
"I never saw but one, and that one I
caught while fishing off the dock at New
port News, within almost a stone's throw of
where the hnlk or tbe old war ship Cum!
beriand is said to repose. When I landed
the fish on the dock it was jnst an ordi
nary looking fish, but I found before I got
the hook loose from its mouth that it was
swelling. I became so excited that I forgot
to throw my hook and line back into the
water. The fish kept swelling, and finally
became as round as a ball. I was more as
tonished when its hide began to crack and it
became evident to me that it was on the
point of bursting. It seemed to be suffering
great pain. As I did not care to witness
the suffering longer I pushed it off
the dock with my foot. No sooner
had it struck the water than it regained its
normal condition and shot out of sight like
a flash. I learned from a man who said that
he knew that the balloon fish conld not live
many minutes out of the water; that they
inhale the air, but were unable to exhale it,
and therefore, in its efforts to breathe it con
gested, until it was only a question of how
great an air pressure its hide conld with
stand. Sooner or later it was bound to burst,
unless replaced in the water."
FORMING A BREWERS' TRUST.
An Organization to Control Trade and Bat
tle With Prohibition.
Albany, N. Y., January 27. It is
stated that tbe reported effort of a foreign
syndicate to control tbe brewing interests of
this city conceals the real purpose of a
brewing trust which is now being organized
throughout this State, and that while or
ganization is for the protection of tbe busi
ness interests of the brewers by consolida
tion and plan of co-operation, the same plan
is also to be applied to defend brewers
from prohibitory and high license legis
lation. It said that brewers fear their business
may be rained in this State as it has been
ruined in prohibition States, and that na
tional and State organizations have been
effected to prevent the passage of prohibition
laws in anv additional States. The agents
of the syndicate decline to talk about the
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